Zion Has Played His Last Game for Duke

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"We are obviously concerned and want to wish Zion a speedy recovery", the company said in a statement to Business Insider.

Over the last few years, Williamson has become a mythical Paul Bunyan-like figure due to his size, an array of high-flying ferocious dunks and now perceived destiny to be taken by the New York Knicks with the No. 1 overall pick. It said it was "working to identify the issue".

Cousins said instead of requiring a player to attend one year in college, he's in favor of allowing them to play in the NBA's G League.

You're sitting on the couch, munching away, watching No. 8 North Carolina play No. 1 Duke, when Zion Williamson makes a hard cut on the basketball floor and his Nike-brand shoe explodes.

Williamson was wearing a Nike sneaker during Wednesday game, as Nike has an agreement to outfit the Blue Devils in their apparel.

Nike outfits around two-thirds of the NBA's players, and almost 40 have worn the PG series each season since it launched three seasons ago - the highest of any current player's signature shoe in the National Basketball Association.

George said Thursday that he has talked with Nike to see what went wrong and what happened to the shoe.

Williamson appeared to suffer a knee injury.

Williamson's injury occurred as he attempted to plant his foot while dribbling the ball early in the first half.

Nike is the biggest brand in basketball with the NBA locked into an eight year kit deal.

Hopefully, Zion's knee sprain isn't serious or he might have to sue Nike.

Vaccaro also touched on Williamson's popularity and playing skills.

Do I think that is borders on criminal that Zion is not allowed to tap into the revenue streams that he has helped create right now? "The shoe inserts are falling out already", reads another negative Dick's review.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski classified the injury as a mild sprain, but didn't know how much time Williamson will miss.

Williamson is one of the most highly regarded college prospects in years. Tickets for the game were reselling for more than $3,000 - Super Bowl prices.

Former President Barack Obama was in the audience and was seen mouthing, "His shoe broke".

Mediaite reached out to Puma for comment on why they the posted and deleted the tweet shortly after posting it, but did not receive a response. Nike made UNC Asheville's 7-foot-7 center Kenny George 12 custom pairs of a size 26 shoe.

This isn't the first time that Nike's had problems with its basketball merchandise.

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